Prince Edward Island Fishing Spots, Maps and Reports
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Types of Fish in Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island, or “The Island,” is the only island in Canada and one of its Atlantic Provinces. Although it is small, many live on the island making it one of the country’s most densely populated provinces.
The 140 mile long island is known for its beaches, red soil, the home where Anne of Green Gables or Anne Shirley in the classic novel lived, and for gigantic fishes. They say you can’t catch larger fishes than in Prince Edward Island. There are also many quaint fishing villages where recreational anglers can enjoy their sport in relative peace and quiet. To get to the island, one only needs to cross a 10 mile bridge or use the ferry service to the island.
The most popular fish in the island is the brook trout. You can catch one in any of the dozens of rivers, streams, and salt water sources around the island. Although once the brown trout is caught in salt water, it is called sea trout. The average size of a sea trout is 7 pounds.
With 1,100 miles of coastline, Prince Edward Island is a dream adventure for anglers. What also pulls them into the island are the bays and estuaries, more than 800 artificial ponds, streams that teeming with fish, and the overall friendliness of the residents, many of whom are dependent on local tourism. It has been said that the island is one of the best open secrets among anglers for diversity in species and options in angling. For instance, in the morning, you can head down to the rivers; and by afternoon, go out on the sea for some deep sea fishing, or vice versa.
It is a lot of fun to go fishing in rivers, lakes, and ponds but nothing will compare to being out in open seas. There’s just something so challenging and invigorating about facing the uncertainty of the oceans and battling fresh mackerel or tuna on a boat that’s being rocked by waves.
The deep waters of Prince Edward Island means you get an unbelievable variety in salt water fish species. The island offers fishing charters from Northumberland Strait and Gulf of St. Lawrence. Most of the charters start in July and end in September and would take about 3.5 hours per trip. Everything is provided for by the charter including bait and gear. It’s a good idea for groups of anglers and families. The captain of the charter will usually allow you to bring home your catch if it isn’t very large, cleaned and filleted, just in time for the evening meal.
The saltwater fish you should target catching are the tuna, mackerel, sea trout, and Atlantic salmon. From expert anglers, here are some tips for open sea fishing:
There are sharks in the open seas but they generally stay away from humans and boats during summer. In fact, there has never been a record of a shark attack on or close to the island
Fishing for tuna is based on a quota system and is open all year round
It can take up to 3 hours to land just one big tuna. You will need the help of the boat’s captain to wear down and catch a big tuna. It isn’t uncommon for the boat to travel 6 miles in order to wear down a big fish weighing about 400 kilos
Many times, the fish can’t be seen until it is up close to the boat
North Lake, on the eastern side of the island, is considered as the “Tuna Capital of the World”
Unfortunately, large fish that are caught cannot be brought home. The fishing license usually belongs to the fishing charter or the captain but he will gift you with a free charter should you catch an enormous tuna
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